An Earlsboro second grader is the overall winner of the Thunder Reading Challenge.
Brailyn Hinesly won the challenge with 42,365 minutes of reading, which equates to about 29.42 days.
“Honestly, I didn’t even realize that she was at that level myself,” Earlsboro Elementary Principal Mike Goat said. “She’s just a really smart, dedicated student.”
The Oklahoma City Thunder recognized winners in each of the four grade levels, kindergarten through third grade. Each student received a personalized plaque, a player-autographed basketball and other Thunder prizes, according to a June 6 press release.
More than 51,000 students participated in the year-long challenge, and accumulated a total of 22 million minutes of reading.
“I think it’s pretty amazing because most kids nowadays are either on tablets or phones or some type of media, but that’s just the way she is,” Goat said. “I think it has a lot to do with the parenting and her mother obviously stresses the importance of reading. I guess that just fostered into a love of it.”
Hinesly won the school a back-to-school assembly scheduled for August, according to the press release.
“I think reading is the most important thing that kids learn in school because it sets you up for life,” Goat said. “If you can read, you can pretty much accomplish anything.”